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Bobsled pilot Racine has mixed emotions

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After an arbitrator sided with bobsled driver Jean Racine in a dispute against former partner Jen Davidson, the brakeman crossed the room for a hug and wished her luck at the Olympics.

Racine wasn't sure how to feel.

"There was quite a mixture of emotions," Racine said Sunday. "I was so angry and frustrated at her for deceiving people about our situation. On the other hand, she is someone who has been so close to me the last three years."

Racine switched partners a week before last month's Olympic trials, dropping Davidson for former heptathlon champion Gea Johnson.

The dispute ended Friday when Davidson withdrew her request for a race-off against Johnson. After two days of testimony, arbitrator James Kenny concluded Davidson had no case.

"Ms. Davidson now understands why the decision was made to replace her as Jean Racine's brakewoman and now appreciates and agrees that Jean Racine's decision was based on a fair and proper application of the selection criteria," he wrote.

Racine is now trying to clear up what she says were mischaracterizations surrounding her decision. For years, Racine and Davidson were inseparable. They won the last two World Cup titles and medaled in 21 straight events, winning gold in six of seven races last season.

When Racine picked Johnson as her new partner, she claims she was targeted in the press. One report described her as "Mean Jean Racine" and said Racine betrayed the friendship.